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Search starts for space for 12,000 new homes around Norwich

PUBLISHED: 07:50 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 13:06 16 May 2016

New houses being built at Rackheath, near Norwich.

New houses being built at Rackheath, near Norwich.

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A search starts today to identify sites in Norwich and vast areas of the surrounding region where at least 12,000 new homes can be built in the next 20 years.

Landowners, developers and agents are urged to suggest land which could be used for housing, as well as employment and community uses, as part of a major blueprint.

The homes are to be built in the Norwich City, Broadland and South Norfolk council areas, to ensure there is enough housing stock to cope with growing demand.

These parts of the county have already seen extensive housebuilding in recent years, which has transformed many communities.

However, leaders from the three authorities have stressed that it is unlikely that sites in open countryside – remote from services such as GP surgeries and schools – will prove suitable, with brownfield sites more likely to be developed.

The councils have joined up to develop the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP), to co-ordinate the region’s development.

The scheme will build on the Joint Core Strategy, which identified where 36,000 homes could be built up to 2026. Between 2008 and March last year 9,459 homes were built in the Greater Norwich area.

Council bosses said a housing market assessment, published in January, concluded that about 12,000 further homes, over and above existing planned growth, would need to be built by 2036.

Ahead of the new plan, to cover all of Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk – except areas under the remit of the Broads Authority – the three councils issued a “call for sites”. Each site will need to be assessed and owners or developers will have to present evidence the site is viable.

A full public consultation will be held in 2017, before final decisions are made.

Site submissions can be made by visiting www.greaternorwichlocalplan.org.uk

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